Can you imagine the treatment from the media and the left if a republican administration had their State Department state that Prosecutions of journalists who refuse to disclose their sources for national security-related stories do not qualify as harassment? Well, Obama’s State Department just made that case, and the LSM is mum.
“Individuals are required to testify in court cases all the time,” Jen Psaki said during Monday’s press briefing. “There is an enormous difference between when we’re talking about an individual revealing classified information and what we’re seeing happening around the world.”
The exchange was a follow-up from Friday, when Psaki celebrated World Press Freedom Day. “We will highlight emblematic cases of imperiled reporters and media outlets that have been targeted, oppressed, imprisoned or otherwise harassed because of their professional work,” she said of the coming State Department initiative.
When Psaki was asked about the case of New York Times reporter James Risen “who was ordered in July to testify in the trial of a former Central Intelligence Agency official accused of leaking information to him,” Psaki replied Risen was not charged “for simply exercising [his] ability to tell a story.”
The part that is frightening is that the Obama administration has repeatedly singled out and harassed reporters that pissed them off, often just because said reporters inferred or talked about all the abuses and illegal shit the various entities in the Obama administration are doing, by having the Obama administration’s prosecutorial arm claim national security violations require them to find out who divulged their misbehavior, and then all so they could exact vengeance on any and all whistle blowers.
No administration has been more hostile to freedom of information and abusive to the press, resorting to an incredible level of secrecy to hid their massive abuses and illegal activity, ironically after they promised to be the most transparent administration ever after the left lied about the secrecy surrounding the previous administration, as this administration. Nixon was forced to resign for merely asking the IRS to provide him information on his enemies. Amongst the plethora of abuses and crimes of this administration is the no longer deniable use of the IRS, which actually went far beyond Nixon’s wildest dreams, to help the democratic party coordinate actions and attacks against their political enemies, nut just before the 2010 elections, but which is seemingly still ongoing considering the DOJ keeps turning a blind eye to it.
Tyranny: it’s what’s Obama’s changed America is like.